Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga has sent an encouraging message to the club’s fans following his surgery.
The 22-year-old has been ruled out of action for 12 months due to a knee injury, according to BBC Sport.
Assombalonga suffered the injury during Forest’s Championship encounter against Wigan Athletic at the City Ground on Wednesday.
The youngster, who scored the opening goal in the 3-0 victory, underwent surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for a year.
Assombalonga, though, is not losing heart and is confident that he will return to competitive football “fit and strong”.
I'll be back fit and strong— Britt Assombalonga (@BrittOfficials) February 13, 2015
Assombalonga joined Forest from Peterborough United in the summer of 2014 and is one of the key players in the Reds’ team.
The former Watford striker has scored 15 goals and created 24 chances in 29 Championship appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 79% and a shot accuracy of 36%.
Forest are currently 10th in the Championship table with 40 points from 30 matches, 10 points above the relegation zone and 12 behind sixth-placed Brentford.